I am taking a break from the house tour/future plans because I have something on my mind that I have to write down.
I was recently reading a blog post by Emily Henderson. I love her! I’ve read her blog forever and really appreciate her style and humor. Anyway, on the blog post she visited a gorgeous store and asked the store owner a series of questions. One of the questions was “what trends, if any, are you tired of?” The shop owner answered “DIY projects. There are so many talented artists and designers making wonderful creations that I don’t need to make a thing.” I kept thinking and thinking about that answer because it really bugged me. I love DIYing! It is the perfect thing when you can’t afford to buy what you want for your house. But I think the reason her answer bugged me is bigger than not having a big enough budget to buy. I DIY because I love being creative. I love making things and I think it is important. I had a job for a few years where I wasn’t being creative- it was a soul sucking job that I took for a tiny raise. So I spent most of my day doing things I had to force myself to do. It was the saddest I have ever been. Now, I create at home and at work and it really makes me tick. Sometimes I can envision something in my head so clearly that I have to create it. I lose track of all time and I am my happiest
I recently started listening to a Podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert called Magic that really talks about the importance of making and creativity and inspiration. It is soooo good (please download and listen to it)! I’ve only listened to a few episodes and have been left refreshed and in deep thought about why I create. In the first episode, she says “I am a creator because my mom was a creator.” How powerful is that?! Part of why I like to make is because it makes me a better mom, because my mom was a creator, and because I want my son to know the magic of taking something from your mind and making it reality.
This quote was on an episode of the same podcast- “Creativity is how I share my soul with the world. Without it I am not ok” -Brene Brown. The part of that quote that speaks to me is that creativity is how the most beautiful part of my is expressed and without expressing it, I am not ok. Creating makes me feel alive! I feel like I am a better wife, mom and just person in general when I have given myself to make something. I create in so many ways- writing, painting, embroidering, making a display, drawing, putting together an outfit, cooking.
So why do you create? How do you create? Is it as important to you?